This article is part of Football FanCast’s In Numbers series, which takes a statistical look at performances, season-long form and reported transfer targets…
Back at the start of the month, Liverpool were met with two offers from Rangers and Leeds for their young winger Ryan Kent, but rejected both of them.
Either offer must have been fairly enticing for the Champions League winners to accept. The Liverpool Echo reported that the Reds were hoping for £12m, but even a lesser sum would’ve had an argument for it to be accepted given Kent’s career path so far.
The 22-year-old has been on five separate loan moves away from Anfield over the course of the last five years, and after every one, he hasn’t quite been in the discussion regarding a spot in the first-team.
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As a result, the money on the table must’ve been enticing for a player running out of time at Liverpool.
However, the Merseysiders’ decision to reject advances for Kent has paid off if his form in pre-season is anything to go by.
The 5 foot 8 attacker has impressed hugely in Liverpool’s friendly affairs this summer.
Kent has one assist to his name, and has also completed an impressive 10 dribbles – his directness and dribbling ability are the main features of his game.
He appeared to find his feet whilst out on loan with Rangers last term under Steven Gerrard’s tutelage, scoring six goals and winning the Scottish Premier League Young Player of the Season award as he looked to come of age – the Scottish giants were put off by the £12m price tag however.
Luckily for Liverpool, they seem to have come out on top as their young talent starts to hit his stride, and at a perfect time amid a mini fitness issue in attack.
Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane were all away on international duty over the summer, meaning they will have disrupted pre-seasons and assumingly, a disjointed start to the campaign as their fitness slowly builds up.
As a result, Kent will most likely be needed at some point by Klopp.
The decision to keep him was bold as there were more than enough arguments for him to be sold, but Liverpool’s transfer stance looks to be paying off judging by Kent’s pre-season form.